Model - Deutsche Bundesbahn Class 23 Steam Locomotive

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West Germany
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A Gauge 1 (1:32 scale) steam locomotive and tender model painted in grey with the smokebox painted black.
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Model Locomotive
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H150 x W430 x D100mm (locomotive)
H135 x W265 x D100mm (tender)
H150 x W488 x D409mm (box)
Media/Materials description
Deutsche Bundesbahn
23 001
BD Augsburg \ Bw Kempten
P35 19
BOCKHOLT-LOKOMOTIVEN \ MASCHINE NR 581 (handwritten in black ink) \ SERIE DB BR 23 (handwritten in black ink) \ NR 22 (handwritten in black ink) \ Made in West Germany
History and use
The model is a Deutsche Bundesbahn Class 23 2-6-2 steam locomotive.

The Class 23 locomotives were built between 1950-1959 by a number of builders with 105 built in total.

This model's prototype is locomotive is No.23 001 which was built by Henschel in 1950. Class 23 locomotives were the last steam locomotives delivered to the Deutsche Bundesbahn.

Bockholt produced three versions of the Class 23 based on three different prototype locomotives, No.23 044, No.23 046 and No.23 105. These three locomotives were chosen because they had differences in the designs of their cabins and boilers.

This model has been painted in grey to represent the practice of locomotive manufacturer's painting their new designs in what was known as 'photographic grey'. The use of grey painted help bring out the detail in the locomotive in black and white photographs.

The model is housed in a wooden box along with an instruction sheet and the original Bockholt manufacturer's card.

The T-House model rail collection is a collection of national and international significance due to the size, quality and scope of the collection.

The collection, assembled over 30 years from the 1970s to the 1990s, holds 10 000+ models of locomotives, carriages and wagons. The collection is in excellent – often mint – condition. The models were collected by Mr Marsden Williams, who was born, raised and spent his life in the Wollongong area. Mr Williams was a business man who was renowned for philanthropy, he was an intensely private man, who nevertheless was well connected across the Australian business world. His 40 year fascination for model railways reflected his own interest in precision engineering, and his financial success allowed him to pursue his interest to a remarkable extent.
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